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José López-Calo

(b Seville, May 2, 1750; d Seville, Sept 12, 1784). Spanish organist and composer. In 1768 he became assistant organist at Seville Cathedral to his father, José Blasco de Nebra (Lacarra), who had been organist there since 1735. He was made titular organist in ...

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(b Naples, Nov 4, 1803 or 1795/7; d Cernobbio, Jan 15, 1878). Italian dancer and writer on dance. See Ballet, §2, (i).

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Blasius  

David Fallows and Ian Rumbold

(fl c1440). Composer. He was the author of Audi nos nam te filius, perhaps only a fragment (vv.7–9) of a complete three-voice setting of the Assumption sequence Ave preclara maris stella (AH, l, 1907/R, 313–15), in D-Mbs Clm 14274. The chant (Rajeczky, no.I/2) is paraphrased in the discantus and structural cadences are often emphasized by full triads. A Blasius de Este was master of the choirboys at Padua Cathedral in ...

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Deanne Arkus Klein

(b Lauterbourg, Alsace (now Bas-Rhin), April 24, 1758; d Versailles, 1829). French conductor, composer and instrumentalist. He received music instruction from his father, Johann Michael Blasius, and from a Herr Stadt, and between 1780 and 1782 was employed by the Bishop of Strasbourg, Prince Louis-René-Edouard de Rohan. He first performed in Paris as a violinist, playing his own concerto at the Concert Spirituel in ...

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Scott Alan Southard

(b New York, Oct 27, 1867; d Berlin, Dec 3, 1930). American bass. Educated in New York public schools, Blass entered the Leipzig Conservatory in 1887, planning violin study with Hans Sitt. Found to have an excellent singing voice, he continued instead under Gustav Ewald and then in Frankfurt with Julius Stockhausen. In ...

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Jan Trojan

(b Brno, March 19, 1891; d Brno, July 18, 1980). Czech composer, teacher and organist. He was taught by Janáček at the Organ School (1909–12). Remaining in Brno, he taught the organ at the conservatory, established himself as a leading organist and acted as choirmaster at St Jakub. Later he was appointed professor of organ improvisation at the academy; he was himself an excellent improviser. His music, in the late Romantic tradition, is unusual in showing no trace of folksong influence. Structurally simple, it has a delicately graded expressive quality. Most of his music is for church use or for organ, and in these genres he combined his experience of art music and domestic traditions. His instructional works for piano gained wide popularity....

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Karel Steinmetz

(b Brno, 14 Sept 1931). Czech composer. He studied the piano with Vilém Vaňura and composition with Schaefer at the Brno Conservatory (1950–55), and then continued composition studies with Bořkovec in Prague (1955–7). He read musicology with Racek and Bohumír Štědroň at Brno University. During the second half of the 1960s Blatný was a participant at Darmstadt, and in 1967–8 he received a scholarship that enabled him to study at the Berklee College of Music, Boston. He was head of the music department at Czechoslovak Television in Brno (1963–91) and for 12 years was a lecturer at the Brno Academy.

Blatný’s output passed through a number of different styles, beginning with neo-classicism in the late 1950s in works influenced by Martinů, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev. It was at this stage that he created his characteristic ‘dialogic’ compositional technique whereby two contrasting streams of material combine to form one, such as in the Suite for wind instruments and piano (...

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Pamela Weston

(b Prague, 1793; d Prague, March 9, 1856). Czech clarinettist and composer. After studying art in Vienna he attended the Prague Conservatory (1811–17), where he learnt the clarinet with Václav Farnik and composition with Dionys Weber. In 1814 he toured Germany and northern Europe, and in ...

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Christopher Smith

(b Blois, May 30, 1836; d Paris, Jan 7, 1906). French librettist . He went to Paris at the age of 20 and began a career in the Assistance Publique administering social services; he finally gave it up in 1870, by which time he was making his name as a theatre journalist and a librettist. As was usual at that time he frequently collaborated with other writers, notably, in his early days, with Louis Gallet, a colleague in the Assistance Publique, and with his cousin Alfred Blau (the author, with Camille du Locle, of the text for Reyer’s ...

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Rudolf Klein

(b Czernowitz [now Chernovtsy, Ukraine], Feb 15, 1914; d Vienna, June 14 1999). Austrian music sociologist and writer on music. He studied music theory with Stefan Wolpe and conducting with Hermann Scherchen in Vienna (1932–7), and music theory with Josef Tal and music history with Edith Gerson-Kiwi in Jerusalem (...

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Sara Jobin

(b Palo Alto, CA, March 22, 1953). American composer. She studied the piano and composition with Karl Kohn at Pomona College (BA 1975), and composition with Henri Pousseur at the Liège Conservatory in Belgium, with Seymour Shifrin at Brandeis University and with ...

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Neal Zaslaw

(bap. Besançon, March 13, 1700; d Paris, Oct 28, 1768). French flautist and composer. The son of Jean-Baptiste Blavet, a turner, and Oudette Lyard, he taught himself several instruments, becoming accomplished on the bassoon and flute. He married Anne-Marguerite Ligier in 1718; the couple’s long and happy marriage resulted in two daughters and two sons, both of whom became priests and one of whom, Jean-Louis, was the author of five books and a number of translations....

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Richard Wigmore

(b Manchester, Jan 11, 1971). English countertenor. He read music at Magdalen College, Oxford, and won a postgraduate scholarship to the RCM, studying with Michael Chance and, subsequently, Ashley Stafford. With his clear, sweet tone, refined sense of style and verbal sensitivity, he quickly made a name in the Baroque concert repertory. He has worked in Europe (including the Saintes, Beaune and Utrecht festivals), North and South America, Australia and Japan, with such conductors as Harry Christophers, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Robert King, Gustav Leonhardt and Paul McCreesh....

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Jan Trojan

(b Žarošice, Hodonín district, May 24, 1905; d Brno, June 20, 1988). Czech composer, teacher and music theorist. He studied with Petrželka at the Brno Conservatory and with Helfert at the university, from which he received the PhD in 1933 for a dissertation on Smetana. He completed his education in Suk’s masterclasses at the Prague Conservatory (...

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Vilena Vrbanić

(b Zagreb, May 13, 1956). Croatian-American musicologist and editor. He studied musicology at the Zagreb Music Academy (BA 1980; MA 1983) and received the PhD at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (1997) with a dissertation on music in medieval and renaissance astrological imagery. He was a researcher at the institutes of musicology of the Zagreb Music Academy (...

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Jonas Westover

(b Chicago, IL, 1941; d Palos Heights, IL, May 21, 2012). American polka bandleader, singer, and bass player. He was best known as the leader of his band, the Versatones. The son of two Polish immigrant musicians, he grew up in northern Wisconsin and formed a rock and roll band, which played backup for such stars as Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent. Under the name of Eddie (or Eddy) Bell, he recorded “Hi-Yo Silver” and other songs on the Mercury label. The Lucky Four label released his well-liked novelty song, “The Great Great Pumpkin.” At the insistence of his good friend and fellow musician Chet Kowalkowski, he moved back to Chicago and joined Versatones in ...

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Blech  

Brass, as in Blechblasinstrumente (‘brass instruments’) and Blechmusik (‘music for brass bands’).

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Stanley Sadie

(b London, March 2, 1910; d London, May 9, 1999). English conductor and violinist. He studied at Trinity College of Music and the RMCM, and played in the Hallé Orchestra from 1929 to 1930 and the BBC SO from 1930 to 1936. He led the Blech String Quartet from ...

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J.A. Fuller Maitland and Robert Philip

(b Aachen, April 21, 1871; d Berlin, Aug 24, 1958). German conductor and composer. In Berlin he studied the piano under Ernst Rudorff, and composition under Woldemar Bargiel and later under Humperdinck. He was conductor at the Stadttheater, Aachen (1893–9) and then at the Neues Deutsches Theater in Prague (...

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(b Waco, tx , Dec 29, 1898; d Hollywood, ca , July 14, 1943). American baritone . He studied at Central Texas College, Bishop and Virginia Union College, and then at Columbia University Medical School, but abandoned the idea of a career in medicine. He made his début at the Aeolian Hall, New York, in ...